Eagle Film Extruders Inc. has purchased its first coextrusion line and is moving to a new site, further separating it from a sister company that had shared space.
The company will shift operations in December to a new plant within Walker, Mich., about five minutes from its current site, Vice President Len Fouty said in an Oct. 21 telephone interview. The company will add about six employees after moving into the 37,000-square-foot plant, he said.
Eagle has purchased a Windmoeller & Hoelscher three-layer, blown film coextrusion line. The line is the company's third, and the first with the ability to run more than one material.
``We'll be moving into new markets, and the machine will overlap nicely in our current markets with new materials,'' Fouty said.
The firm, a maker of polyethylene film for packaging applications, plans to expand in laminations and coated films for food, electronics and pharmaceuticals.
The W&H line nearly doubled annual film production capacity at Eagle, adding 6 million to 7 million pounds. Eagle is investing close to $3 million in the equipment, Fouty said.
Eagle was created in 2001 by some of the owners of film converter A-Pac Manufacturing Co. of Walker, a suburb of Grand Rapids, Mich. Eagle supplies film to A-Pac and other converters for laminating, printing and bag making. The firm once shared management with A-Pac, but more recently has become an entirely separate company, Fouty said.
Eagle now occupies about 9,000 square feet of the building it shares with A-Pac. The move will allow both companies to expand, Fouty said.
After the move, Eagle will employ about 14, Fouty said. The company projects sales of about $6 million this year, about double the total from its first full year in 2002.